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You can walk into ANY liquor store and be befuddled at the literal sea of product you are confronted with. In 2001 in the weeks leading up to my family purchasing a liquor store in Monroe, CT my father took us on a road trip to "look" at other retail establishments and get a sense of the journey we were about to embark on. One such place was Central Liquors in Flemington, NJ. Although

When it comes to wine, there’s an important concept that we try to adhere to when we’re deciding what wines to stock in our shop.  Terroir (pronounced “tare-WAHr”) used to be a pretty novel concept reserved for wines of elevated status and most likely from traditional, old world wine growing regions.  I mean, how difficult can it be to grow a grape vine?  They’re pretty vigorous, meaning they will pretty much flourish anywhere.  Well,

If you have been following our previous versions of ‘Uncorked’ you know I am an Italian wine lover who borders on being obsessive. However, a varietal I hold in high esteem is Merlot.  Merlot was my father’s favorite red and without his interest and passion for the grape, I may never have gotten involved with wine professionally.  These days Merlot suffers from a condition known as ‘The Sideways Effect.’  The 2004 film Sideways has

We all try to make a New Year’s resolution to varying degrees of success.  If you’re trying to (like me) to lose some extra pounds, here are the things to look for in a bottle that is “healthier”.  Two of these things are easy to identify, the third is a little more in depth. Sugar (I know, I know) – how “sweet” is the wine you are drinking? Riesling and Moscato generally are the

It is a conversation I have quite a bit when discussing wine.  Is sulfur dioxide (SO2) the reason I get headaches when drinking a glass or three of wine?  The answer?  Maybe (Isn’t that always the case?).   It is true that some people have a sensitivity to SO2 and can have negative reactions to ingesting it including headaches, coughing and irritation of the eyes.  However, most wines do not pass the smell test (no